Kara Goucher: Running

“Running has always been a relief and a sanctuary—something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. The best thing about running is the joy it brings to life.”

~Kara Goucher

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Ryan Hall: How do you feel?

Ryan Hall at London Marathon

Ryan Hall at London Marathon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More than the time, it’s about how you feel – you want to be strong throughout the race.Ryan Hall, U.S. Olympic Marathoner

Emil Zatopek: Training

Emil Zatopek

Emil Zatopek (Photo credit: giefferre)

If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s besides the point. It’s simply that I just have to.

Emil Zatopek, Olympic runner.

Frank Shorter: Racing…

English: Frank Shorter, 2002

English: Frank Shorter, 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually it passes and the flow returns. It’s part of racing.

Frank Shorter, U.S. Olympic Marathoner 

Ryan Hall: Suffering

Ryan Hall at London Marathon

Ryan Hall at London Marathon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Suffering is an extraordinary teacher.

Ryan Hall, U.S. Olympic marathoner

Dathan Ritzenhein: Belly fire

Dathan Ritzenhein, Yonas Kifle (behind Ritzenh...

Dathan Ritzenhein, Yonas Kifle (behind Ritzenhein), and Meb Keflezighi at the 2009 London Marathon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People say I’m a big talent. But a lot of runners have good leg speed. The reason I keep coming back is because I have a fire in my belly.

Dathan Ritzenhein

Listen to your body

English: Haile Gebrselassie at Vienna City Mar...

English: Haile Gebrselassie at Vienna City Marathon 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will always listen to my coaches. But first I listen to my body. If what they tell me suits my body, great. If my body doesn’t feel good with what they say, then always my body comes first.

Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian long-distance track and road running athlete